Gender Mainstreaming Since Beijing: A Review of Success and Limitations in International Institutions


Moser, Annalise, and Caroline Moser. 2005. “Gender Mainstreaming Since Beijing: A Review of Success and Limitations in International Institutions.” Gender and Development 13 (2): 11-22.

Authors: Annalise Moser, Caroline Moser


The Beijing Platform for Action prioritized gender mainstreaming as the mechanism to acheive gender equality. A decade later, policy makers and practitioners are debating whether this has succeeded or failed. This article aims to contribute to this debate by reviewing progress made to date, through a review of gender mainstreaming policies in international development institutions. Categorising progress into three stages--adoption of terminology, putting a policy into place, and implementation--the article argues that while most institutions have put gender mainstreaming policies in place, implementation remains inconsistent. Most important of all, the outcomes and impact of the implementation of gender mainstreaming in terms of gender equality remain largely unknown, with implications for the next decade's strategies.

Topics: Gender, Women, Gender Mainstreaming, International Organizations

Year: 2005

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